It’s not uncommon for certain apps like WhatsApp to stop working on older devices when updates are no longer supported. In a similar move to Chrome and Calendar, Google has announced that Android Auto will also cease to function on older devices in the near future.
WhatsApp has also announced that it will no longer support older versions of Android that are no longer popular. This means that users will soon be unable to receive updates and use the chat app on outdated devices with older versions of Android.
Google recently shared that version 120 will be the last to support devices with Android 7.0 Nougat or earlier. This means that Google Calendar will also stop working on older versions of the operating system. Android 7.0 was first released in 2016 and was the Android version for the first generation of Pixels.
The latest version of Android Auto, specifically version 11.0, contains code that suggests that Android 8.0 Oreo will be the new minimum requirement for the app to function. This means that users will soon receive notifications to update to a newer version of Android in order to continue using Android Auto in the car, with a notice also appearing on the vehicle’s infotainment screen.
While these notifications have not yet been rolled out to devices, it seems that Android Auto will continue to work on Android 7.0 Nougat for a while longer, but its termination date is approaching. Once it stops working on Android 7.0, users will need to invest in a new device in order to continue using the application in the car.
In addition to these changes, the latest update for Android Auto will bring improvements to the icons, ensuring that they adapt to the design of the icons on the home screen of the connected mobile device. For example, when connected to specific mobile phones, the icons will be displayed in the style of those phones, aligning with their respective design aesthetics.
Ultimately, users who want to continue using Android Auto should prepare for the fact that it will soon be unsupported on older versions of Android, and will need to upgrade to a newer device to ensure the application continues to function correctly in the car.